Limited edition IPA to be sold in Northampton to celebrate museum’s 150th birthday

A new limited edition IPA is to be sold in Northampton to mark the museum's 150th anniversary
A new limited edition IPA is to be sold in Northampton to mark the museum's 150th anniversary

An exhibition that celebrates the history of brewing in Northampton opens at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery in October.

Whose Round is it? explores the important role brewing has played in the town; from small scale brewers in the 16th and 17th centuries to the bigger brewers who set up in Northampton in the 19th century.

By the 19th century there were 60 pubs brewing their own beers and 15 larger scale breweries in the town.

Brewing still plays a major part in Northampton’s economy, with Carlsberg located in the town as well as smaller scale traditional ale brewers Frog Island Brewery and Phipps NBC and over 70 pubs.

Whose Round is it? coincides with Northampton Museum and Art Gallery’s 150th birthday and a limited edition ale called 150th IPA has been brewed by Phipps NBC to celebrate.

The ale has been brewed to reflect the distinctive flavour and style of India Pale Ales which were a particular favourite with shoe factory workers when the museum was founded in 1865.

Bottles of the ale will be available to buy in the museum shop when the exhibition opens on October 3.

Councillor Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for community engagement, said: “Brewing has played an important role in Northampton’s history.

“Carlsberg is a major player in the industry and has recently expanded its operation to include a bottling plant. I have to say that it is also great to see traditional ale brewers making a comeback. Seeing Phipps brewing again in the town is just fantastic.”

Whose Round is it? runs until January 31 2016. Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm. Admission is free.